Thanks to the generosity and vision of the late John Drescher, Santa Monica College is the home to a computerized planetarium theater. At its heart is the Evans & Sutherland Digistar II planetarium projector, which was the first of its kind on the West Coast. Using digital technology, audiences can fly beyond the solar system and soar among the stars. We can transport you across our galaxy to the limits of spacetime. 

Planetarium this week

New free, live, virtual public shows!

Watch this space for more information. Invitation links to the live online events are generally posted the Thursday before. These programs are only available LIVE on Friday evenings, and on the occasional Matinee dates, normally Sundays. Clicking on the Zoom links at other times will not work.


Zoom Link for Friday evening public programs, 4/23 and 4/30

Zoom Link for 2:00 PM Sunday Matinee, 5/02/21

We also look forward to the expanded capabilities of the new planetarium SMC will be building in the not-too-distant future…

Jim Mahon
Senior Planetarium Lecturer

Upcoming Planetarium Shows

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Shows are presented live online until further notice.
May 14
The Night Sky Show

The Night Sky Show

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Online
May 21
The Night Sky Show

The Night Sky Show

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Online
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Comet NEOWISE over Mount Shasta

Weekly Night Sky Show

The Night Sky programs will last roughly 30 minutes, followed by a short question and answer period where guests can type questions into a chat box and we will answer as many questions as possible. A short intermission will begin at approximately 7:50 prior to the start of the Feature program.

At 8 p.m.:

Feature Programs

Note that all 8 p.m. feature programs are preceded by the 7 p.m. “Night Sky” program described above.



Gaia: Earth Mother Watching the Stars – Associate Lecturer Sarah Vincent
April 9th and 23rd

The stars of the Milky Way dance to the Music of the Spheres.  Named for the goddess of Earth, the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission is mapping the positions and motions of the closest, brightest stars to an accuracy never before achieved.  Join us for a look through the eyes of Gaia!

No Programs April 16th 
Binocular and Small Scope Highlights of the Spring Sky – Senior Lecturer Jim Mahon
April 30th and May 7th  PLUS Sunday Matinee May 2nd

With the constellations of winter giving way to those of spring, and temperatures moderating, a whole raft of new seasonal Deep Sky targets are available for small telescope and binocular users.  We will pick out some of the best, show closeups and low-power views to simulate how they look in small telescopes and binoculars, then switch to the freeware desktop planetarium program Stellarium and “locate” them in a virtual star party. This will be free-wheeling enough to have variations from show to show, so if you have a  galaxy, cluster or nebula you have seen pictures of or read about and believe to be in the sky and bright enough for small instruments, feel free to make requests!

ALMA: Chile’s Cutting Edge Microwave Array – Associate Lecturer Sarah Vincent
May 14th and 21st

High in the arid desert of Chile, The Atacama Large Millimeter /submillimeter Array looks through Earth’s ocean of air observing diverse phenomena, from nearby comets to the hearts of distant galaxies. Tonight we will explore our universe not in visible light, but in microwaves...

No Programs May 28th - Happy Memorial Day!




Currently online presentations ONLY. Please check the calendar above for the latest shows.

Location of Planetarium

Drescher Hall, 2nd Floor
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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The Drescher Planetarium is located in the middle of the second floor of Drescher Hall on the north side of the Santa Monica College campus. Drescher Hall is the three story brown building on the South East corner of Pico Blvd. and 17th Street. We are in beautiful Santa Monica, south of the 10 (Santa Monica) Freeway and west of the 405 (San Diego) Freeway.